Red Lodge

Stella Fong

For the fourth straight summer, pop up restaurant Piccola Cucina of Ox Pasture will cook up a taste of Sicily in Red Lodge. Here, owner and Chef Phillip Guardione shares the food from his family. With Chef Benedetto Bisacquino or more lovingly known as, Chef Benny, the cuisine from the largest island in the Mediterranean will be offered up under the Beartooths until late fall.

A decorated reception space at Montana Wildflower Weddings north of Red Lodge, Montana.
Courtesy of Lauren Kluver Photography

 

June typically kicks off Montana’s busiest wedding season. But this year, couples and small businesses are navigating the ripple effects of COVID-19. 

Participants in one of the Women in Ranching Circles gather at the J Bar L Ranch near Twin Bridges, Montana in August 2019.
Courtesy of the Women in Ranching Program

Ranching can be an isolating profession in a good year. But the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the few staples of social contact women ranchers rely on. A program led by a woman in Garfield County, Montana is forging new ways of connecting that will likely outlast the pandemic.

In this 2017 stock image, Montana Department of Transportation workers clear the Beartooth Highway of snow.
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wyoming highway authorities have rescued a semi-truck driver and a passenger stuck on a snowy mountain road closed for the season.

Bryan Wells, who is prominently featured in the documentary, stands in a forest in Paradise Valley, Montana.
Courtesy of Erik Petersen

A documentary about a community’s fight to stop a gold mine north of Yellowstone National Park will premiere Saturday at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Competition in Canada.

Tom Ferris / Montana History Foundation

 

Between 1901 and 1922, 17 libraries from Missoula to Miles City and Havre to Dillon were built in Montana. There’s a new book that takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, when the generosity of a Scottish immigrant and the vision of 17 Montana communities brought libraries to the far reaches of the state.

The seed money for these libraries in Montana and elsewhere across the U.S. came from one of the richest men of the late 19th and 20th century, Andrew Carnegie, who said that a “library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people.”

Stella Fong

September 30, 2018

In my perfect kitchen I would have all wood utensils. There is something organic and sensual using tools that come from Mother Nature. When shaped by a human artisan to mold into the hand and provide for more optimal cooking, the experience of preparing food becomes pleasurable.

Lynn Donaldson

Ox Pasture features local big sky flavor. For Executive Chef Chris Lockhart, seasonal produce and products from the environs around Red Lodge shape his menu planning.  Local bounty plays the starring role backed by flavors and food from afar. Contributors to the local offerings include Laurel Farmers Market, owned by Leslyn and Greg Johnson. Even more, “local” also applies to the strong community support, filling the restaurant with eager patrons who have become regulars at the popular restaurant.

On the day that Republican Candidate for Congress Greg Gianforte announced that Donald Trump Jr. is coming to Montana to help him raise money, his Democratic opponent Rob Quist drew about 300 people to a rally in Bozeman.

Quist held three rallies Tuesday; in Great Falls, Lewistown and Red Lodge. The Bozeman event was Wednesday, where an after-work hour crowd spilled out of the back of MAP Brewing.

Montana Office of Tourism

Lawmakers are considering whether to give local governments the authority to ask their voters to approve a local option sales tax. The money raised would be used to provide property tax relief and pay for public works projects. 

Senate Bill 331 is based on the existing resort tax model that’s assessed on goods and services purchased by tourists.  Current state law restricts the resort tax only for communities with a population under 5,500 and draw a high number of tourists. Local residents vote to impose this tax. The money collected pays for public works projects and property tax relief.


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